Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 25: Peril

When you have young children in the family, you tend to become OC when it comes to safety.  However, there are instances wherein accidents do happen and we just have to make sure that we know how to respond timely to that kind of situation.  Today, it was a flight of stairs and missing a step that gave us quite a scare.  As a parent, your heart will keep racing and you won't be able to sleep a wink until you can know for sure that nothing serious has happened to any of your children.  It took a watchful eye for symptoms, the expert advise of the pedia and a whole lot of prayers before we could give out a sigh of relief.

I did learn a lot about bumps and falls in children during this entire experience.
  • keep calm and never panic 
  • watch out for symptoms of drowsiness or difficulty in rousing the child from sleep 12-24 hours after a bump or fall
  • take note of any vomiting and if any fluid or blood is trickling from eyes, ears or nose
  • look for any problems with coordination 
  • check if pupils are unequally responsive
  • monitor the child for incoherence in speech
  • always consult a physician if you observe any of these symptoms
It is during these times that I come face-to-face with the fact that the joys of parenthood also come with great responsibility and you can never be too careful when it comes to your own children.

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